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Loon Lake Cemetery - Real Haunt in Jackson MN

  • County Road 75 and County Highway 4
  • Jackson, MN
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This cemetery is believed to be haunted and quite dangerous. According to the local story, three witches had been violently executed and were buried here, but not before threatening to curse anyone who desecrated their graves. In 1881, Mary Jane was beheaded and she was supposedly the most powerful of the witches. Legend says that treading on her final resting place will warrant death within 3 days. It is hard to find her grave though, since her headstone no longer stands. Reports say that many of the stones have been removed, only 18 remain of the 67 that were here. The 18 that are left are badly weathered. Reports say this cemetery is inaccessible by car and difficult to get to.
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  • Loon Lake Cemetery.

    It's been at least 50 years since I was last at the cemetery. Myself and a friend Ann Robertson used to ride horses up there during the summer. At that time the cemetery had already deteriorated. Alot of the graves were sunken and clothing was pulled out of some of them by rodents. The headstones had been broken and some of them were weathered and very hard to read.. The cemetery was in bad condition at that time. It was very old. Never experienced any type of Haunting and do Not recall seeing anything connecting Mary Jane to it. I believe their were soldiers from civil war buried there but couldn't be positive about that either. But definitely NO HAUNTINGS. we went up there on several occasions on horseback during that summer. It was not spooky but it was very interesting. This was during the summer of 1968 we were both 18 yrs. at that time. Sorry if your looking for a story of hauntings this would not be that kind of experience. Interesting yes but definitely not haunting.

    Posted 9/20/18

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  • This is a myth that's destroyed a historic pioneer cemetery

    Mary Jane Terwillegar was a 17 year-old girl who contracted diphtheria while traveling in Cherokee, and died within four days. Her suffering was awful. Later, some kook named James Sanford Peters had an obsession with blaming witches (just witches in general, nobody specific) for things going wrong with his mill, which was in the area. Somehow this morphed into the myth about Mary Jane and the other unnamed witches in the cemetery. Megadeth wrote a song about the urban legend, and most idiots didn't bother to research the story at all, but by then the urban legend had resulted in the near-destruction of the cemetery. Congratulations, Megadeth. Now the cemetery is heavily vandalized. Mary Jane's headstone is missing because it's in a museum, along with a couple of other headstones from the cemetery. It's not there because of anything nefarious. Don't try to find this cemetery unless you plan to treat it with respect. Pioneers are interred there; people whose trials and tribulations helped form the community you now know. It's not a spooky hot spot, it's a piece of history. Please treat it with the reverence those souls deserve in their final resting place.

    Posted 9/20/17

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